reflection: self-control

When I hear people talk about a lack of self-control, they are usually looking back on some impulsive action, typically with regret. “Self-control” is mislabeled. That is to say, when I lack self control, who then, is in control? For this discussion, we will not leave the realm of personal responsibility. Let’s take a deeper look: When we have too …

Safe Sins

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16. It isn’t easy to be a mature follower of Jesus. In the beginning of the faith, our spiritual struggles are so visible and visceral. The path to humility and faithful obedience is easy to discern because our pride is …

How To Challenge Your Deeply Held Assumptions

“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.” (Job 6:24) You can’t. It’s not possible. You’ve been holding on to them so long that you’ll never let them go on your own. Pray for: divine interruption fearless friends an undivided heart  

sacrificing self sufficiency

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 Today, what has the potential to keep you from relying on God? Business? Success? Skill? Regret? Shame? What can you do to keep the myth of self sufficiency from stealing your faith?

HELP! I can’t do it all!

In my last post (which you can find here), I examined what I think are the fundamental elements to ministry. Ministry starts with a real need that is seen by someone who is passionate enough to meet that need. Eventually, every leader comes to a point in their ministry where he or she is seeing more need than can be …

ministry is more than motion

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” Luke 10:33 We can learn a lot about ministry–loving our neighbors–from the parable of the good Samaritan. Here’s what I’ve learned: Ministry starts with real needs. In this case, the poor man was beaten and left on the side of …

Struggling Spiritually as a Leader

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”  (Matthew 11:2-3)   Have you ever wondered, in the quiet recesses of your heart, “As a leader, is it ok for me to struggle spiritually?” YES, it’s …

Who’s power made it happen?

The Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men.” (Judges 7:4) Think about the last great accomplishment in your ministry. How sure are you that it came from God’s power and not your own? Could you prove to yourself that you were used by God? When have you crossed the line from serving out of your Spirit given …

Bearing burdens

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) I recently had a great conversation with a close friend. Beyond just catching up, we were able to talk about important stuff in our lives. Afterwards, took some time to consider why our friendship feels safe. We can share significantly and authentically. It’s …